Southern Exposure was an award-winning print journal published by the Institute for Southern Studies, publisher of Facing South, from 1973 until 2011. Southern Exposure earned a national reputation for its writing on a broad range of political and cultural issues in the South, with a special emphasis on investigative journalism and oral history.

On the 50th anniversary of Southern Exposure’s birth, Facing South and the Institute will be publishing a full digital archive of the journal over the course of the year. The initial installment of the archives available in March 2023 includes issues from the magazine’s launch in 1973 through 1981.

Vol. 12 No. 6 - November/December 1984

Magazine cover with painting of young Black girl in turban and apron standing in a doorway

Liberating Our Past: 400 Years of Southern History

  • Guale Indian Revolt

    4
  • Red and Black in Appalachia

    17
  • Tombee

    25
  • The Lives of Slave Women

    32
  • On the Lowest Rung

    40
  • Sugar War

    45
  • Steel Workers in a Boom Town

    56
  • "The Mind That Burns in Each Body"

    61
  • 72
  • You Can't Be Neutral

    79
  • Rewriting Southern History

    86
  • Who Speaks for the South?

    92
  • Bitterness and Pride

    93
  • Past and Present

    95
  • A Southern Sampler

    96
  • Something That Happened to Me

    102
  • Theater and History

    103
  • High-Tech History

    103
  • History from Southern Exposure

    108
  • New Books on the South

    110
  • Southern News Roundup

    111
  • Bulletin Board of the South

    115
  • Voices from the Past

    116
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